Countdown to Brazil: Mexico wins, goalie Corona carted off

By Mike Singer |

Mexico's goalie Jesus Corona suffered a head injury during yesterday's friendly. (Getty Images)

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Scoreboard-wise, Mexico handled its friendly against Israel in fine fashion on Wednesday night, tallying a couple stellar goals in the 3-0 win. But of far more consequence to Mexico's team, goalie Jesus Corona suffered a scary injury when he collided with a teammate midway through the second half.

Corona suffered a head injury and had to be carried off on a stretcher. He was replaced in goal by Guillermo Ochoa.

“We don't know yet what is wrong with Jesus. He is going to be tested and then we can give a status. I spoke briefly with him, and he said he was fine, but we need to wait,” Mexican coach Miguel Herrera said. Herrera had previously said that goalie was the lone position he had doubts about as his team prepared for Brazil.

Here's Miguel Layun lacing Mexico's second goal yesterday and the requisite, "gol, gol, gol, gol," play-by-play.

Well, this is reassuring: FIFA's head of security has already highlighted next month's matches that have the highest chance of being fixed. Some teams and groups are particularly vulnerable, Ralf Mutschke said. FIFA is paying close attention to final group games, some of which carry no World Cup implications and are thus more susceptible to fixing. The BBC reported that some fixers have already approached both players and referees. Rather than the actual outcome of the game, the BBC said that fixers are more concerned with the number of goals scored.

The report comes two days after a possible match-fixing scenario in regards to yesterday's friendly between Nigeria and Scotland.

Chilean miners film emotional commercial to inspire national team: The 33 Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days in 2010 shared a message with their national team that's as moving as any World Cup commercial will be this summer.

"The Group of Death doesn't scare us," one miner said in spanish. "Death doesn't scare us because we've beaten death before." Aside from the "death" and "sports" comparisons, it's an extremely stirring tribute.

Chile is paired with defending champ Spain, the Netherlands and Australia, in what's one of the two toughest groups in the World Cup. Even cooler, the miners filled some glass jars with dirt from where they were trapped, and Chile's team is apparently going to bring the jars with them to Brazil. Enjoy.

Taking in a ball game: The Ivory Coast will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup tune-up on Friday in St. Louis. So naturally, 36-year-old captain Didier Drogba and a few teammates took in the Yankees-Cardinals game.

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